|Coin Type||Five Francs, Bimetallic|
The Five Francs coin is a denomination of the Swiss Franc. Given that Switzerland has four official languages, the Franc has three different names: Franken in German, franc in French and Romansh, and franco in Italian. Initially when federal Swiss coinage was introduced in 1850, all "francs" (including the half franc) were full-bodied silver, while the centimes were either billon (low-grade silver) or base metal.
The normal circulating 5 FR denomination went through several transformations: with a seated figure of Helvetia on the obverse, then a portrait of Helvetia, then the current design by Paul Burkhard - all of these in silver with the specifications of the Latin Monetary Union, until in 1931 when the coins were made smaller and the content was slightly debased. Starting in 1936, the country also occasionally issued circulating commemorative one-year type 5 Franc coins in silver to mark various important occasions, then - when silver was demonetised in 1971 - the denomination became copper-nickel.
An extensive series of copper-nickel circulating commemoratives were issued between 1974 and 1990 (in parallel with the regular design). For several years after that (1991 to 1998), no commemoratives were issued in this denomination.
In 1999, Swissimint changed the concept and started striking non-circulating commemoratives for collectors only, like the coins issued below - with topics celebrating various aspects of Swiss cultural and national heritage, and not people and events as before. These were denominated as 5 Francs at first, but after only six coins were issued in the first five years, this format was discontinued. Further non-circulating bimetallic coins are now denominated as 10 Francs.
The coins are bimetallic, with a copper-nickel outer ring (75% copper, 25% nickel) and a "Nordic Gold" inner circle (89% copper, 5% Aluminium, 5% zinc and 1% tin).
Various obverses as individually described in the listings below.
Various reverses as individually described in the listings below.
|Reverse Inscription||5 FR CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA [year]|
|Five Francs 1999 Winegrower's Festival||176,000||FETE DES VIGNERONS VEVEY 1999|
|Five Francs 2000 Carnival of Basel||190,000||BASLER FASNACHT|
|Five Francs 2000 150th Anniversary of the Currency||165,000||+ FR + 1850 2000|
|Five Francs 2001 Zurich Spring Holiday||190,000||ZÜRCHER SECHSELÄUTEN|
|Five Francs 2002 L'Escalade||145,000||ESCALADE 1602 - 2002|
|Five Francs 2003 Chalandamarz||108,000||CHALANDAMARZ|